Explore how the use of natural and manmade materials further technology. Read articles on subjects such as nanotechnology, iron steel and reverse osmosis.
Are food-based plastics a good idea?
Food-based plastics are plastic products that are made out of the food we eat. Learn about food-based plastics in this article from HowStuffWorks. See more »
How Electroluminescent (EL) Wire Works
Electroluminescent wire is widely used by artists to illuminate clothing, bicycle spokes, turntables and even cars. Learn about electroluminescent wire. See more »
How Aerogels Work
Aerogels are incredible materials that could have dozens of uses from insulation to oil spill cleanup. Learn about aerogels in this article. See more »
What is nanotechnology?
Nanotechnology is one of the hot buzzwords of the 21st century. Learn what is technology and some of the applications for nanotechnology. See more »
Are there natural nanotechnologies?
Can natural nanotechnology exist? If molecules can be found in nature, is there anything that could truly qualify as a natural nanotechnology? Find out. See more »
What is the gray goo nightmare?
Gray goo is a possible scenario if nanomachines get out of hand. See what gray goo is and all about a possible gray goo nightmare. See more »
Can nanoscopic machines manipulate atoms?
Nanoscopic machines can theoretically build things molecule by molecule. Learn about the potential uses for nanoscopic machines. See more »
How Welding Works
Welding is what makes bridges, skyscrapers and automobiles possible. Learn about the science behind welding. See more »
Can a swimsuit make you swim faster?
A swimsuit alone can't make you swim faster, but it can smooth your body and cut drag. Read about the swimsuit some think will make you swim faster. See more »
Everyday Science: Iron Quiz
This iron quiz will test your knowledge of one of the most important substances to human civilization. Check out this iron quiz. See more »
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